Wed, Jan 25, 2023 1:02 AM
By The Associated Press, Data Skrive
Chicago Bulls (22-25, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (13-36, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte aims to stop its five-game home slide with a win against Chicago.
The Hornets have gone 6-23 against Eastern Conference teams. Charlotte averages 13.1 turnovers per game and is 8- when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents.
The Bulls have gone 18-14 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 13.6 fast break points per game led by Zach LaVine averaging 3.8.
The teams meet for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Nov. 3 the Bulls won 106-88 led by 17 points from Javonte Green, while Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 24 points for the Hornets.
TOP PERFORMERS: Terry Rozier is averaging 21.3 points and 5.2 assists for the Hornets. LaMelo Ball is averaging 20.5 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.
LaVine averages 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Bulls, scoring 23.7 points while shooting 37.4% from beyond the arc. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.4 points and 4.5 assists over the past 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 3-7, averaging 115.0 points, 41.2 rebounds, 26.0 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.6 points per game.
Bulls: 6-4, averaging 115.8 points, 43.6 rebounds, 24.0 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.5 points.
INJURIES: Hornets: Gordon Hayward: out (hamstring), Kelly Oubre Jr.: out (hand), Cody Martin: day to day (knee), LaMelo Ball: day to day (ankle).
Bulls: Goran Dragic: out (illness), Marko Simonovic: out (cervical), Javonte Green: out (knee), Lonzo Ball: out (knee).